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Hand Made Skis - meaning what exactly?

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This might be a kook question but not having visited many ski manufacturing facilities, here we go...When you see a brand saying their skis are hand made (think Blossom or Stockli for example) what does this mean really? What aspects of the production are more hand made than a Rossi / Atomic / etc? Are we really just talking about more hours spent per ski and a greater attention to detail or is there something fundamentally different about the process? Been wondering for a while.Thanks all.
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There was some discussion on this subject here = https://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?p=4729977&highlight=idris#4729977
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Don't really feel like the previous thread answers the question so to say unless I missed something.

I came across this article which maybe explains more what goes into a custom ski (hand made?)
https://www.folsomskis.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-custom-skis

Dynastar factory:

http://youtube.com/v/i-pajdGRAIM

great video but in German of Stoekli ski porduction:

http://youtube.com/v/pP8rZJX0Ifc

Even more of a handmade ski:

http://youtube.com/v/1cuE0_9Kr2I

Makes me think it really is just less mechanised / more attention to detail maybe Idris can come along and clarify a bit!
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albob wrote:
There was some discussion on this subject here = https://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?p=4729977&highlight=idris#4729977


I can see that custom is its own thing - ie. the ability to have a ski made to your design (or at least picking from a range of parameters). The hand made guys don't do that though. They have a range of skis like everyone else but they make a play on quality of production and the hand made label. I have skied Blossom and Stockli skis and they are beautifully made and both have a particular snow feel. So I am not saying that the manufacturing doesn't matter. I am just trying to figure out how the process differs really. Still pondering.....
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extremerob wrote:
Don't really feel like the previous thread answers the question so to say unless I missed something.

I came across this article which maybe explains more what goes into a custom ski (hand made?)
https://www.folsomskis.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-custom-skis

Dynastar factory:

http://youtube.com/v/i-pajdGRAIM

great video but in German of Stoekli ski porduction:

http://youtube.com/v/pP8rZJX0Ifc

Even more of a handmade ski:

http://youtube.com/v/1cuE0_9Kr2I

Makes me think it really is just less mechanised / more attention to detail maybe Idris can come along and clarify a bit!


Thanks for the videos. I wish I spoke better German as the Stöckli one is great. The Nix is educational too. I was surprised to see them wetting out the composites by hand. I would have thought it better to use pre-preg composites. Cleaner, stronger and lighter but I guess pricier. All very helpful, thanks.
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